Imelda Almqvist

When you meet teachers so full of knowledge usually they are dead so you can only read their books!
When you can work with someone like Imelda in person you should grab the opportunity!
- Katharine Lucy Haworth, Shamanic Practitioner, UK


What a gift Imelda Almqvist's work is for our global community! Rarely have I met someone with such a spiritual and creative force. Imelda brings a freshness into her shamanic teaching and sacred art courses. Her Time Traveller's workshops with children are so needed and are unsurpassed in their power and healing. Imelda is a brilliant shamanic teacher with so much to offer"

- Sandra Ingerman, author of "Soul Retrieval" and "Medicine for the Earth"Sandra Ingerman, Santa Fe, US

To me you are amazing and I hope that sinks in-even a little!  I do love it when my sisters emerge in this world to shine... And doing the most important work of our time, in my humble opinion. I've known you for many years and have watched you share your sacred knowledge with so many!
- Robin Romeo, Founder, Center for Light Body Healing, US


I have been studying and practising shamanism, including running my own shamanic healing practice for some years now. Imelda’s immense knowledge and years of experience pushed my knowledge and practice to another level. Learning from her is akin to going to University for Shamanic Practitioners. Highly impressed!
- Mia Tolusic, shamanic practitioner, UK

Your Facebook  posts are really good medicine, thank you! 
-Sarah Wharmby 

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Shamanic teacher, painter and author in the UK and the world


 Imelda Almqvist is a shamanic painter, teacher, practitioner and author who divides her time between London UK, Sweden and the US. Her paintings can be found in collections all over the world. She is the author of NATURAL BORN SHAMANS, A Spiritual Toolkit for Life (Using shamanism creatively with young people of all ages).  Her second book. SACRED ART, A Hollow Bone for Spirit: Where Shamanism Meets Art will be published by Moon Books on 29 March 2019 (and can now be pre-ordered on Amazon!)

Imelda’s sacred art courses and retreats take place in the fertile space where art meets shamanism. They have a strong Mystery School aspect: the focus is on engaging in fresh and innovative ways with ancient material and wisdom traditions to create powerful art work, ceremonies and Rites of Passage.

Imelda pioneered a shamanic program for young people called The Time Travellers. This offers safe sacred group space for children and teenagers to develop a viable spiritual toolkit.  LA-based film maker Hannah Beadman made a beautiful film in 2014 about The Time Travellers using guidance from spirit allies to resolve bullying. Imelda was interviewed by Sandra Ingerman about her shamanic work with young people as part of her Shamanic Journeying for Guidance and Healing course on The Shift Network. (Bio continues in the box below on the left!)

Imelda is passionate about teaching Norse Shamanism and Seidr. Her school in Sweden called TRUE NORTH, situated in pristine forest land by the Baltic Sea, opens in June 2019.

Imelda was a presenter on the Shamanism Global Summit with The Shift Network in  2016 and 2017. She is also a presenter on Year of Ceremony with Sounds True in Colorado (together with her 13-year old son Brendan she offered a ceremony, titled Drawing Down The Divine Child, marking the Blue Blood Moon of January 2018). 

She is bringing her Seidr and Norse Shamanism programs to the US in 2019 and beyond! For more information please contact Susan Rossi on

Her innovative program: Natural Born Shamans - The Course! will run in the US in March 2019. It prepares people for using shamanism in safe but powerful ways with children and teenagers.

Imelda has three teenage sons. She loves travelling, learning foreign languages and playing the cello. The most extreme thing she has ever done is assisting with eye surgery in a field hospital in Bangladesh! One of the most life-changing things she has ever done is teaching art and design  to slum children and teenagers in Lima, Peru.

Imelda's idea of bliss is making short art videos that combine art, dreams, myths and music! (


 < Sounds True has now given permission for me to share the Year of Ceremony video titled The Human Family (about the vigil and Full Moon Ceremony of The Time Travellers to Cross Bones in London) with the general public. The video appears on the left!

> The Shift Network has given permission for me to share my 12 year old son's bonus video about using dreaming as a technique for navigating the cosmos with the general public. Please note that this film was made for the Shamanism Global Summit of 2016, where I did a presentation about using shamanism with children.

With gratitude to my friend and colleague Simon Cook who was of immense help in the making of both films!




I was a presenter on Remembering The Truth of Who We Are, an on-line series of presentations (February 7 to 16, 2018) organised by Jocelyn Mercado of Sacred Planet. 

This was a FREE global online event showcasing 30 experts (thought leaders, experts, scientists, wisdom keepers, shamans, healing practitioners, and more) who will offer their wisdom, research, and personal expertise.



Sheena Cundy interviews Imelda Almqvist on Tree House TV, April 2018


On February 6th I appeared LIVE from Philadelphia on The Science of Magic Radio with Gwilda Wyaka:

The Science of Magic Radio Show

We talked about using shamanism with children and how to effectively support young people in building their own spiritual toolkit. An interest and passion both of us share! 

My follow-up article about shamanic parenting will appear in the first edition of The New Age Chronicles. Please stay tuned!



I was a presenter on the following Summit with Gunhild Lorenzen in September 2017:


It was all about exploring Creative Power and Creative Process - issues very close to my heart as an international teacher of sacred art! Her Team has posted a recording on Youtube so you can still listen to this dialogue between artists in your own time!   >>

I also invite you to check out my Youtube Channel featuring many Art Videos



Imelda is the proud mother of three teenage sons! (Her greatest  "piece of art to date"!)

Her youngest son Brendan wrote a book  about shamanism when he was 8 years old: THE LOVE HALL:  Brendan's travel guide to the best places in the Spirit World. The book costs £5 + package and postage. You can order a copy by contacting me through this website. Brendan signs all copies!

Also check out Brendan's  FOREST MAGIC FILM!


Imelda's presentation at  "THRESHOLD"

The Annual Conference of THE GATEKEEPER TRUST, in November 2016

She talks about shamanic process and group work done in London, New Mexico and Spain. She talks about Rites of Passage work with women in particular.



"From healing to creating joyful healthy reality"

For many years I proudly defined myself by the words "shamanic practitioner". I offered one-to-one shamanic healing sessions and saw a very large number of clients. I combined this with teaching courses "in the place where Art Meets Shamanism" all over the world. Over time a shift occurred within myself. I began the question the sole focus on "healing" somewhat and it started to dawn on me that all those years of healing work had prepared me for an even more unique and specialist calling: facilitating courses and ceremonies where people discover about joyfully creating balanced and healthy reality. 

When people are in creative flow and passionately engaged with Life, healing occurs naturally. It is an innate force in all of us, it is our birthright!

 Courses in shamanism and sacred art offered by shamanic teacher painter and author Imelda Almqvist

 "When the student is ready, the teacher appears!" (and fortunately this also works the other way around: "when the teacher is ready, the students appear!")

I have had the immense good fortune of training with the following shamanic teachers: Simon Buxton, Betsy Bergstrom, Naomi Lewis, Kate Shela, Chetna Lawless, Ruth Aber and last but not least Sandra Ingerman! I have learned as much again from powerful creative partnerships with the following people: Simon Cook in London (The Time Travellers and Blind Labyrinth Walks), Anna Kjellin in Sweden (Seidr and Fornsed), Nick Taylor in Wales (Rites of Passage Work with Teenagers), Karmit Evenzur in Spain (Geomancy and Earth Speaks),  Judith Bogner (Public Speaking and Mediation), Hannah Beadman in LA (Film Making), Jill Hunter (Animal Healing),  Sony Baron in Victoria BC, Canada (Ancestral Healing and Peer Supervision) Susan Rossi in Philadelphia (Sacred Art and Crone Medicine Work), Anja Steinbauer for invitations for a shamanic teacher to speak at Philosophy for All Events (and keeping my interest in philosophy alive!)  and of course my Dream Team: Terry Morgan in Maine USA (Astrology) and Alec Davis in Seattle (ceremonial work in the Desert at both Chaco Canyon and in Santa Fe, New Mexico) - you all changed my life and made it better beyond comprehension!!